Upcoming: Islamophobia and Bias in the Legal Profession

June 27: WSBA June Legal Lunchbox: Islamophobia and Addressing Bias in the Legal Profession

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.WSBA Logo
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Place: Attend via webcast

This month’s Legal Lunchbox is in partnership with WSBA Diversity. Join us first for a presentation by Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) Executive Director on Combating Islamophobia. A panel discussion with practicing attorneys will follow, addressing issues of bias and inclusion in the legal profession.

Register Here

DOJ Civil Rights Division hiring school-year externs

Due May 24: AGO hiring for Agriculture and Health Division

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

Apply and learn more here.

Due June 2: Texas Civil Rights Project hiring staff attorney

Application Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017

The Texas Civil Rights Project (“TCRP”) seeks a passionate, talented attorney based in our Austin, Texas office. While the position will focus on impact litigation and other advocacy on behalf of immigrants and their communities, the attorney will also be staffed on matters within TCRP’s Criminal Justice Reform and Voting Rights programs.

Apply and learn more here.

Opening June 28: Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications

Application Deadline: Open from June 28 to Sept. 27, 2017

The 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application will open June 28 and close September 27, giving law students more time to draft a standout application! Students should start to prepare for the 2018 Fellowship application now by reaching out to non-profit organizations they may want to partner with on an innovative proposal.

Check out where Fellows have been hosted in the past for some ideas, but keep in mind that any non-profit in the country is eligible! Please refer any non-profit organizations interested in hosting to Sarah Lilly at SLilly@equaljusticeworks.org for questions and assistance.

Read more and prep your application here.

Due June 30: Apply for a fall externship with SAM

Application Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

SAM is a nonprofit corporation operating three museum venues in Seattle. These locations are the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle, Olympic Sculpture Park on the central Seattle waterfront, and the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA seeks Pro Bono Services Director

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

KCBA seeks a fulltime director to lead and manage the bar’s pro bono programs.  The director works to leverage and grow the commitment of the local bar to provide effective representation and counsel in targeted areas of legal need.  Areas of responsibility include management of KCBA’s existing pro bono programs; volunteer recruitment, mentoring, and oversight; and coordination of KCBA activities with local, state, and national pro bono networks.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Internship Opportunities in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

DOJ LogoApplication Deadlines: Deadlines differ based on which term

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Special Litigation Section is one of several sections in the Civil Rights Division. We work to protect civil rights in the following areas:

1) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs’ departments;
2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions;
3) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities;
4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system;
5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and
6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions.

Read more here.

Need summer funding? Apply to EJW by May 19

Pro Bono Opportunity: Children’s Trust Landmark Climate Case

Our Children’s Trust is seeking law students and lawyers interested in fighting climate change and assisting with the electronic discovery process for the landmark constitutional case Juliana, et al. v. U.S.  Our Children’s Trust (OCT) is a non-profit organization working to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate for current and future generations. OCT has supported young people in filing legal actions in every U.S. state, against the federal government, and in different countries around the world.

Volunteer law students and attorneys will directly support the federal constitutional and public trust climate case filed by 21 youth and Dr. James Hansen. A licensed attorney will supervise volunteers with the vital task of analyzing and reviewing documents in preparation for trial. Through this pro bono opportunity, volunteers will learn about the constitutional and public trust legal claims of the case and gain skills in document review on an advanced e-discovery platform. OCT requests that law students volunteer at least 10 hours per week and that attorneys volunteer at least 5 hours per week. 

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Allison Kole, allison@ourchildrenstrust.org. Please put “Pro Bono Opportunity” in the subject line.

Due May 19: Apply for summer funding from Equal Justice Works

Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program provides 1Ls and 2Ls with an opportunity to serve local communities this summer. Participants receive an educational award of $1,230 for three hundred hours of service and can work on issues of employment, veterans, disaster relief, immigration and/or elder abuse at nonprofit organizations and law school clinics. If students have already secured a position for this summer, students should review the application guidelines and apply! Nearly all law school clinics and nonprofit organizations working on the aforementioned issues qualify. Note that students cannot receive more than $4,422 in other funding for their internship to be eligible.

Apply and learn more here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Volunteer lawyers needed April 30

Pro Bono Council announces new manager

The Pro Bono Council welcomed Catherine Brown in January 2017 as their newest Manager. Catherine has held multiple positions supporting legal aid and pro bono and brings a wealth of experience to the work of Washington’s volunteer lawyer programs. Catherine has also served on the ATJ Board’s Leadership Development Committee, most recently as one of its co-chairs. We believe Catherine will be a great asset to the work of the Pro Bono Council. We asked Catherine to share a little about her background and what motivates her. Read her responses here.

 

 

Due April 28: Stokes Lawrence tuition scholarships available for 1Ls

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer three $1,500 tuition scholarships to first year students from diverse backgrounds; one at each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. Our goals is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place. The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.

Read more and apply here.

Pro Bono Opportunity, April 30: Volunteer lawyers needed

MELAW in conjunction with the Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) and the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) will be hosting a legal clinic on April 30. This clinic is open to all, but will be focused on reaching the Muslim and Middle Eastern community.

We are seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the clinic in the following practice areas:

  • Immigration Law (greatest demand);
  • School Law (to advise families with children facing discrimination or bullying in the school system);
  • Family Law;
  • Housing Discrimination;
  • Employment Law.
Additional clinic details:
  • Location: Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), Multi-purpose room, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052;
  • Date: April 30, 2017 (quarterly thereafter);
  • Time: 2-5 PM;
  • 30 minute sessions per client;
  • Hosted as a King County Bar Association Neighborhood Clinic.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerem Levitas at kerem@melegal.org and include the following information:
  • Name, phone number, email, mailing address.
  • Practice areas;
  • Bar number;
  • Languages spoken.

Deadline extended, due May 3: Pro Bono Honors Society applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project? Do pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization? Volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project? Intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit? Volunteer at a non-profit organization?

If you can answer YES to any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society! Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation!
Apply here.

 

Washington State AGO hiring for multiple Assistant Attorney General positions

April 18: AGO hiring for two Assistant Attorney General positions in Agriculture and Health Division

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

There are two positions available within the Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Agriculture and Health Division. One position is open to all attorneys, regardless of experience, with relevant experience. The second position requires a minimum of four years of experience with litigation experience preferred.

Read more and apply here.

April 20: AGO hiring Assistant Attorney General in Spokane, Torts Division

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, and the Attorney General’s Office serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.

Attorneys in the Tort Section of the Spokane Division work on a wide array of Tort, civil rights and employment cases representing an array of clients: DSHS, Eastern State Hospital, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and other east side institutions of higher education, WSDOT, and the Department of Corrections are examples of frequent clients. Applicants can expect to litigate in both state and federal courts.

Apply and learn more here.

June 1, paid: National Association for Law Placement hiring summer publications coordinators


Application Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

NALP seeks three to four summer project assistants to help update and maintain database content on its PSJD website. This is an ideal opportunity for law or graduate students who desire to supplement their income while interning or clerking in Washington, DC in the summer of 2017.

Since 2003, NALP has housed and administered PSJD.  PSJD is an online public interest/public sector jobs database for law students and lawyers seeking internships, fellowships, or permanent positions. Over 200 law schools in the US and Canada subscribe to PSJD, which contains profiles of over 14,000 public sector employer organizations and over 3,000 job listings. PSJD offers law students and lawyers the most extensive listing of legal and law-related public service opportunities available anywhere. During the summer of 2017, PSJD will continue its work toward a complete verification and update of content in its database. We are seeking students with an interest in public interest law and the nonprofit world to assist us. Hours are flexible within the parameters of normal business hours, and can be arranged around an internship or other activity.

Apply and learn more here

July 1: Center for Reproductive Rights hiring a staff attorney for their U.S. litigation division

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship with the Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project collaborates with local healthcare and social service providers to identify and address the civil legal needs of our area’s low-income veterans. Interns will collaborate with the two Veterans Project attorneys, who provide direct legal assistance to veterans, engage in community and provider outreach, attend events with local service providers, and attend weekly and monthly legal clinics in the Seattle area. More information about the Veterans Project and the work we do is available on our website, RepWAVets.org.

Read more and find application instructions here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission summer internship for rising 3L

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Seattle Field Office, is hiring for summer internships.

To apply, send an email expressing interest and attaching a resume to john.stanley@eeoc.gov<mailto:john.stanley@eeoc.gov>.

Rolling Deadline: Public Justice Center hiring Employment Rights Attorney

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Justice Center seeks a passionate and committed attorney to join its Workplace Justice team.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) is a nonprofit civil legal organization that advocates for social justice, economic opportunity, and race equity. Combining traditional client representation, policy campaign expertise, and community action collaboration, the PJC’s projects are strategically designed to create lasting impact. The PJC uses the full range of lawyering strategies, advocating in the courts, legislatures, and government agencies, in addition to public education and coalition building, to advance its mission of “pursuing systemic change to build a just society.” For more information, visit: www.publicjustice.org

Apply and learn more here

 

Staff attorney positions open for Seattle litigators

April 4: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring Assistant Training Director

Application Deadline: Preferred before the end of business, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duties include: Recruit, interview, and facilitate hiring processes for students seeking intern and entry level positions with the Department. Act as liaison between the Department and educational institutions to recruit quality, social justice oriented students. Guarantee quality intern/extern recruitments and quality educational experience for interns/externs with the Department throughout the year. Work closely with the Training Director in the development and implementation of a department-wide training program for interns and new attorneys. Oversee and manage the organization and distribution of training materials, legal manuals, online resources, educational videos, and more. Other duties as assigned.

Read more and apply here.

April 9: Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Read more and apply here.

April 14: Staff Attorney/QLAW Clinic Coordinator with Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program

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Application Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

The mission of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLS) is to ensure meaningful access to justice for low-income individuals by providing clients with volunteer attorney advice, representation, self-help materials, and paralegal support.

This position will (1) provide legal assistance to clients eligible for services in Pierce County under the South Sound Immigrant Survivor Project (SSISP) and Legal Help for Incarcerated People (LHIP) project and will (2) develop and coordinate a new program designed to provide services for eligible LGBTQ QLAW Clinic clients in the State of Washington.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: City of Seattle hiring an Assistant City Attorney

City of Seattle LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is seeking qualified candidates for an Assistant City Attorney position in the new Regulatory Enforcement and Economic Justice (REEJ) Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.

This Assistant City Attorney position will be responsible for litigating civil code enforcement cases in Seattle Municipal Court, before the Seattle Hearing Examiner, in King County Superior Court and in other Courts of Appeal, and providing legal advice and other client support.  The REEJ section  represents the Department of Construction and Inspections, Department of Transportation, Fire Department, Parks Department, Finance and Revenue Department, Office of Labor Standards, and Office for Civil Rights, among others, in their enforcement efforts.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Fall externship with Planned Parenthood

Planned ParenthoodApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in most of the major reproductive rights cases of the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation being considered in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

PPFA is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. Our 50+ locally governed affiliates operate approximately 650 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For the last 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Summer Internship Program at National Center for Access to Justice

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The National Center for Access to Justice located at Fordham Law School seeks a small number of committed law students to serve as law student interns in summer 2017. NCAJ’s summer program runs from Monday, May 22nd through Friday, July 28th, 2017, with some flexibility on start and end dates.

NCAJ is the national nonprofit organization located at Fordham Law School that relies on data to increase access to justice in the civil and criminal justice systems.Access to justice is the meaningful opportunity to be heard, but millions of people are unable to obtain a fair hearing and a fair result in disputes involving even the most basic human needs, such as keeping a home, holding a family together, and securing physical safety. Access to justice is often compromised even in criminal cases.

Apply and learn more here

Put on your running shoes, it’s time for Race Judicata

April 8: Race Judicata

Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017; registration closes April 6.
Place: Green Lake Park

Race Judicata is a fundraising event for the University of Washington School of Law’s Student Health Law Organization. The race aims to raise $5,000 for a health-law specific grant to be provided to a law student who is working in an unpaid health-law internship over the summer.

 

The race is graciously sponsored by Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer, P.S., Perkins Coie, Bradley G. Davis Law Office, Davis Wright Tremaine, Washington State Hospital Association, and Barbri.

May 24: Save the Date for a Jury Diversity symposium

Time: TBD
Date
: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Place: Temple of Justice, Olympia

Please join WA Appleseed and the Minority & Justice Commission at a symposium on Jury Diversity in Washington: A Hollow Promise or Hopeful Future? More details to come